Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are officially married — here’s a timeline of everything that happened

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married Saturday at St George’s Chapel in Windsor in an elaborate and elegant royal ceremony.

Oprah, Serena Williams, and Elton John were some of the celebrities who turned out to watch them marry, as well as Queen Elizabeth and virtually all of the royal family.

Scroll down for a timeline of the day and click here to refresh the page for the latest updates.


The public part of the ceremony ended when Harry and Meghan left for their two wedding receptions, hosted by the Queen at St George’s Hall, not far from the chapel. That marks the end of the public part of the ceremony.


But Kensington Palace did share a photo of the finished royal wedding cake, which will be eaten at the reception. It is impressive, to say the least.


Palace officials also published the full menu for the event. Here it is:

Canapés:

  • Scottish Langoustines wrapped in Smoked Salmon with Citrus Crème Fraiche
  • Grilled English Asparagus wrapped in Cumbrian Ham
  • Garden Pea Panna Cotta with Quail Eggs and Lemon Verbena
  • Heritage Tomato and Basil Tartare with Balsamic Pearls
  • Poached Free Range Chicken bound in a Lightly Spiced Yoghurt with Roasted Apricot
  • Croquette of Confit Windsor Lamb, Roasted Vegetables and Shallot Jam
  • Warm Asparagus Spears with Mozzarella and Sun-Blush Tomatoes

“Bowl food” (click here for more on this, a major break with tradition):

  • Fricassee of Free Range Chicken with Morel Mushrooms and Young Leeks
  • Pea and Mint Risotto with Pea Shoots, Truffle Oil and Parmesan Crisps
  • Ten Hour Slow Roasted Windsor Pork Belly with Apple Compote and Crackling

Dessert canapés:

  • Champagne and Pistachio Macaroons
  • Orange Crème Brûlée Tartlets
  • Miniature Rhubarb Crumble Tartlets

The couple got to the reception via a horse-drawn carriage through the streets of Windsor.

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Here they are waving to the crowds.

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And here’s an impressive photo showing the couple’s military guard of honour as they approached the carriage.

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Harry and Meghan sealed their union with a kiss on the steps of St George’s Chapel at around 1:07 p.m.


Here they are exiting the chapel after the procession.

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This video shows the kiss, and the moments that followed.


There is an incredible amount of information out there about the wedding. Here are some of Business Insider’s top picks to help you get the most out of the event.

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We have a photo piece showing the chapel, covered in flowers for the wedding day

And here is a graphic showing how the ceremony and receptions are taking place within the grounds of Windsor Castle

You can also read our complete royal wedding coverage here .


Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, looked tearful as she saw her daughter process out of the chapel, officially part of the royal family.

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This is how the couple looked on their way out.

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Moments before, the whole congregation stood to sing the British national anthem, “God Save the Queen.”


At 12:39 p.m. the Archbishop of Canterbury declared Harry and Meghan to be husband and wife. From that moment they were officially married.

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Here’s a close-up of Harry putting the ring on Meghan’s finger.

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And a video of the moment they became husband and wife.


The Kingdom Choir performed ‘Stand By Me’ during the service.

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Harry and Meghan read their vows, and seemed overjoyed.

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Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, officiated the wedding.

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Meghan Markle was walked down the aisle by Prince Charles.

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Here’s a close-up of her face as she crossed into the church.

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And a gorgeous shot of Meghan arriving at the chapel.

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… a video of her route down the aisle…


… and her arrival.

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Meghan was preceded by her bridal party, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

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Here’s a video of them on their way in.


Prince Harry and Prince William, both in military uniform, were spotted arriving at Windsor just after 11:30 a.m.

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Here’s a video of the entrance. William did the honours as Prince Harry’s best man.


They then took their places in the chapel to wait for Meghan.

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The Queen, in line with protocol, was the last to arrive at the chapel before Meghan. She wore a lime green outfit. Prince Philip, whose attendance was in doubt after recent surgery, made it along as well.

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We got our first look at Meghan, riding in a vintage Rolls Royce with her mother, Doria Ragland, at about 11:15 a.m.

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Here is the wedding car from a bit further away.

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Meghan Markle leaves hotel.
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The BBC posted a video of their drive out of the hotel.


Famous guests started arriving at the chapel at around 11 a.m. We saw Serena Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit…

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… Idris Elba and his fiancée Sabrina Dhowre…

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… George and Amal Clooney…

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George and Amal Clooney attend the royal wedding.
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… David and Victoria Beckham…

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Pippa Middleton, who will become Meghan’s sister-in-law, was the first famous member of the extended royal family to arrive.

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Pippa Middleton and her husband James Matthews arrive at the royal wedding.
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Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, followed shortly after.

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Harry’s ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas (in pink) was also among the guests.

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Another ex-girlfriend, Chelsy Davy (center, in blue), also came along.

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Chelsy Davy (center, in dark blue) attends the wedding of her ex-boyfriend Prince Harry.
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Huge crowds gathered around Windsor Castle from the early morning. This is the Long Walk, where Harry and Meghan processed in an open-topped carriage after marrying.

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Members of the public arrive in Windsor ahead of wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.
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Some royal fans were extremely enthusiastic — and they got a day to remember.

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